Celebrated annually on Robert Burnsâ birthday, 25 January,Â Burns NightÂ gathers Scots and Scots-at-heart around the world to pay tribute to the great poetâs life and works.
The culmination ofÂ Scotlandâs Winter Festivals, Burns Night is marked by a jam-packed programme of celebrations across the country. There will be haggis eating, ceilidh dancing, songs, poetry and more, but most importantly â good company and loads of fun.
Who was Robert Burns?
Born in 1759 to a farming family in the town of Alloway, Robert BurnsÂ is one of the countryâs most iconicÂ literary figuresÂ and Scotlandâs most revered national poet.
He wrote his first poem aged 15, and by his mid-twenties had gained a reputation for his pioneering views on politics, religion and class-inequalities.
During his short 37-year lifetime, he penned manyÂ famous works,Â includingÂ Auld Lang Syne, Tam OâShanterÂ andÂ A Red, Red Rose.
Burns Supper in style
If thereâs one night of the year to gather all of your nearest and dearest, itâs Burns Night. Enjoy a hearty feast with delectable haggis and drams of whisky, along with rousing verses and ceilidh dancing until the wee hours.
The ceremonies range from small, informal gatherings to large-scale dining experiences full of entertainment, but all centre around key traditions. Read more about Burns Night or learn How to Hold Your Own Burns SupperÂ with our eBook.
Burns Night events around the country
If you would rather join an organised shindig on Burns Night, there are numerousÂ events taking place throughout the country. Below are just a few, but please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list. Let us know in the comments below where you will be celebrating Burns Night this year.
- 20 January, Tam oâ Shanter: Telling The Big Tale at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
- 20 & 21 January,Â Burns Ceilidh SupperÂ at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
- 20 â 28 January,Â RobertÂ Burns NightÂ at the Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh
- 20 â 28 January,Â Big Burns SupperÂ in Dumfries
- 22 January,Â Burns Unbound at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
- 24 January, CafĂ© Ceilidh: Burns Celebration at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
- 24 & 25 January, Rabbie: A Burns Night Spectacular at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre
- 24 & 25 January,Â Supper with Burns at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
- 25 January, A Burns Night Murder at Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer
- 25 January,Â The Burns Supper at Burns Cottage in Alloway, Ayr
- 25 â 29 January, Alloway 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire
- 28 January,Â Perth Burns Annual DinnerÂ at the Salutation Hotel, Perth
Interesting facts about Robert Burns
Did you know that the Soviet Union was the first country in the world to honour Burns with a commemorative stamp, marking the 160th anniversary of his death in 1956? There are even claims that Burnsâ works played a key role in helping the American president Abraham Lincoln win the American Civil War and abolish slavery (Lincoln was a huge Burnsâ fan and would frequently learn his works by heart).
Find more cool facts about Robert Burns on ourÂ 10 interesting facts about Robert BurnsÂ page.
In the footsteps of the Bard
Explore places related to Burnsâ life and works, learn about the love of his life, Jean Armour, or simply wander around and observe the landscape that fired his imagination.
- VisitÂ Ayrshire & Arran, where he grew up, and visit theÂ Robert Burns Birthplace Museum with Burns Cottage, his birthplace, and the elegant gardens created in his honour as well asÂ theÂ Bachelorsâ ClubÂ where he founded a debating society, probably the first rural society of its kind in Scotland.
- Walk the streets ofÂ EdinburghÂ where he published a second edition of his poems and visit the Writersâ MuseumÂ where you can see Burnsâ portraits, rare books and personal objects including letters and his writing desk.
- Explore Dumfries & Galloway, the romantic setting of his later home region. Head toÂ Burns House, where he spent the last years of his life, to see many relics of the poet, and donât miss The Globe Inn, his former drinking hole, where his favourite seat still survives.Some poetry inscribed by Burns with a diamond in a small upstairs bedroom in which he often slept can still be seen.
- VisitScotland Robert Burns section
- Burns iPhone AppÂ via Scotland.org
- Rhyme with Rabbie BurnsÂ via Scotland.org
- Burns audio quizÂ via Scotland.org
- Burns Haggis AddressÂ via Scotland.org
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